The parents of Robert Champion from Decatur have been offered $300,000 by Florida A&M University to settle a wrongful death lawsuit related to the hazing of their son. The incident occurred in November of 2011 when students allegedly beat Mr. Champion during a hazing incident meant to initiate him into a marching band. The Champions claim that the dean of the school was specifically asked to stop the hazing incidents but did not comply with requests and that this resulted directly in the death of their son.
Here in Georgia, hazing is legally considered to be an aggravated misdemeanor, which is generally punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and or up to 12 months in prison. The law does not specify however whether or not charges of manslaughter can be pursued in cases of death from hazing as occurred in the case of Mr. Champion.
If your child was injured or killed in a hazing incident, you would likely be entitled to compensation from the school and or the individuals who participated in the incident. This is true even if your child initially agreed to the hazing. Criminal charges may also be brought against those who were involved in the incident.
An attorney at Tate Law Group can help you to determine whether or not you have realistic case. It is important to speak to your college age children about the possibility of hazing rituals at their school and to remind that them that it’s NOT okay to be beaten up or otherwise hazed as an initiation into any kind of a group.